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MEREDITH WOOLNOUGH, Australia: The Sculptural Stitch: drawing and sculpting with machine embroidery

Meredith Woolnough is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist from Newcastle Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine arts (hons) from The University of New South wales, a Masters of Teaching from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle. Meredith’s work is held in public, private and corporate collections worldwide.

Meredith’s elegant embroidered traceries capture the delicate beauty of nature in knotted embroidery threads. Using a unique form of embroidery she creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes, just like preserved specimens. The work maps the frameworks of various veining systems found in nature to create work that explores the balance, harmony and connectivity of life on earth.

The Sculptural Stitch: drawing and sculpting with machine embroidery

In this workshop we will explore machine stitching to create a range of experimental embroidered surfaces and structures. The sewing machine will be transformed into an unconventional drawing tool where you will be in control of every stitch allowing your creativity and imagination to run wild. Using water-soluble fabrics we will explore different ways to draw, assemble and sculpt various embroidered forms to create a unique experimental embroidered artworks. We will also explore a shadow mounting technique to present your embroidered creations in a professional manner, ready for framing if you desire.

Suited to all levels. No experience is necessary but basic sewing machine operation skills will be helpful.